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About The Rho Agenda

Wormhole_Front Cover CopyThe Rho Agenda is my #1 bestselling sci-fi adventure series for the Amazon Kindle.

The Second Ship, Book One of The Rho Agenda, gives readers a glimpse at technologies that lie just around the futures corner.   In 1945, top-secret Los Alamos, New Mexico scientists unlocked the secrets of the atomic bomb.  Now they’ve cracked the very lock on hell itself.  Once again the quiet scientific community spawned by the Manhattan Project comes face to face with a technological breakthrough for which the world is completely unprepared.  Now, as a special team of operatives struggles to stop the project codenamed Rho while containment is still possible, what it means to be human is about to change — forever.

I invite you to visit www.SecondShip.com for previews of all three Rho Agenda novels, The Second Ship, Immune, and Wormhole.

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1. John - April 18, 2011

When will the third installment (Wormhole) be available for Kindle?

rhoagenda - April 19, 2011

Hi John,
I’ve finished Wormhole (Book 3 of The Rho Agenda). It is currently in edit. As soon as that is done, my literary agency, Janklow & Nesbit will set the official release date. I’ll periodically update my website … http://www.SecondShip.com with info on the coming release.
Thanks.

2. Joe Aragon - May 8, 2011

Richard Yes I have been waiting for the third book, I have really enjoyed your books, kept me spell bound. Thank you for your excillante books.

3. pj - May 14, 2011

i need wormhole, tell your litrary agent to hurry up.

rhoagenda - May 14, 2011

Hi folks. Just got back from Bora Bora … a working vacation. Yes, I can feel your sympathy. I chatted with my agent yesterday and he’s working on it. In the meantime, I’ve started my next novel, tentatively titled The Ripper. It will be the first of a new series of independent novels about my Jack Gregory character from The Rho Agenda and will focus on how Jack became the vaguely paranormal special operator known as The Ripper.

john - March 30, 2013

Great, but there must be something for a follow on from Rho. There is so much more that can still happen.

rhoagenda - March 30, 2013

Don’t worry, John. I plan on doing several follow-up novels on the characters from The Rho Agenda and the changed world and galaxy in which they find themselves. Like my agent keeps telling me … “Write Faster!” ;)
Richard

4. שיפור בגרויות - May 23, 2011

big like! – thanks .

5. Jeff - September 21, 2011

Great books! Your team really needs to get moving on the release of the third book.

6. Scott - October 8, 2011

still waiting, reread first two to ready for Wormhole. waiting, waiting, and waiting……..

7. Mark - October 10, 2011

Lawyers. I guess that explains it all. It may take finding a wormhole to actually get the book published.

8. Peter - November 9, 2011

And still waiting … It would be nice to get an update on this site though.

So please, can you confirm any date the book will be published?

Thanks in advance.

rhoagenda - November 9, 2011

For a limited time, leading up to final contract signing, after which the manuscript goes to my publisher, I am enlisting the help of fans of my blog in providing early reader feedback on Wormhole. If you would like to participate in my early reader feedback program I can send a pre-edited draft version of Wormhole to your kindle or a pdf formatted version to your other ebook reader. In return, I just ask that you not share it with others and that you give me your general impressions of the novel (my editor will take care of the actual edit). If you have a real kindle device, I can send it directly to that. It won’t
work with the kindle app though.
1. Go to the Manage Your Kindle page on Amazon.com
a. Click on the link on the left hand side that says Personal Document Settings
b. Add my email account to the Approved Personal Document E-mail List(richard.phillips@secondship.net)
2. Click on the Manage Your Devices link on the left
a. Send me the Kindle E-mail Address for your kindle (something@kindle.com).
It will end in @kindle.com
Let me know if you’re interested via my email at Richard.Phillips@secondship.net
Best,
Richard

9. Joe Aragon - November 26, 2011

Richard,

You did it again. This book had so many surpries, vary exciting book. I finished it is less than a week, I work full time so I read every chance I got. I would love to see your triogy in a movie. I think it would make a great, great movie. [ Deleted spoiler comment ... but good comment Joe ... Richard] I love the flow of the story, the the story built up till the end. Was never knew for sure what was going to happen to the three teens. I thank you for giving me a oppertunity to read your book. I could harley wait for your books to come out and to give me a chance to read your book before the book went to the finial publisher I thank you again. I hope you keep writing, I will always will read your books.

rhoagenda - November 26, 2011

Thanks Joe. I had to delete a couple of sentences from your original comment that could have spoiled some of the ending for other fans, but I enjoyed your take.

10. philiip long - January 31, 2012

when will the third book be out on kindle?

rhoagenda - January 31, 2012

I don’t have a date yet. My publisher’s editor will do the edit, then I’ll approve it. Then it will be scheduled for publication. In the mean time, if you want to participate in my early reader feedback program I need you to add my email … richard.phillips@secondship.net … to your approved sender’s list on Amazon’s Manage Your Kindle page and send me your kindle’s or kindle app’s email address … something@kindle.com … Then I can send the draft of Wormhole directly to your device.

11. nick parry - March 1, 2012

Hello Richard,can l add my name to the list of readers waiting for the 3rd book in the r
ho trilogy. Like my dad before me sci-fi is the only read to really stretch the imagination and your first 2 books have done just that.

12. Merv - March 2, 2012

Waiting, waiting, waiting :-) I think your writing style is up there with the best, keep up the excellent work, can’t wait for the next book(s), read the first two, unable to put them down….

cheers

13. ANDY.T - April 5, 2012

P.S. 1 & 2 are on the shelf next to Alan Dean Foster, Larry Niven, Joe Haldeman, Harry Harrison and Jack Campbell.. I even put the e-book wormhole onto a CD and keep in the same shelf…. Up there with the best..says it all really… ;)

14. ANDY.T - April 5, 2012

The Ripper… wohoo.. Should be a good read…

15. Dennis Whitener - April 5, 2012

Sorry but your new publishers have screwed you. I am sure after this long a period all the marketing momentum for your series has been vastly slowed. Sales is like a train it does not just stop but slows gradually. Like a train however once it slows it takes a ton of power and expense to get it moving faster. I think you have a good series and potential as writer so I hope you can over come this. Dennis W.

rhoagenda - April 6, 2012

Hi Dennis. That is a very worthy topic and one I plan a blog article about. It is certainly true that the transition from self-publishing to a major publishing house is painful and has an assortment of negatives, loss of the ability to immediately publish my work, having to split royalties with agent and publisher, operating on their schedule as opposed to mine, but there are a number of advantages they bring to the table that an author just can’t do alone. I made my decision based upon what this particular publisher has to offer. As you may know, 47 North is one of the publishing imprints Amazon has launched to compete against the Random Houses of this world and I believe they are going to set the mark going forward. With 47 North, not only will my novels be available in eBook format, they will be professionally edited by some of the top people in the industry and published in print, audiobook, and eBook format. In addition, it won’t just be me trying to market my books and hoping people find them through browsing Amazon’s site. 47 North will be doing a worldwide marketing campaign using the marketing muscle of the biggest dog in the hunt, Amazon.com.

So, while it is frustrating to take a series that has been on a nice roll off the shelf for a while as all these pieces come together, I’m excited for the opportunity to make the series an even better product and excited for the upcoming launch by 47 North. While I think this provides the best approach for making my work available to a much broader audience, I understand that I may be wrong. With that in mind, I will be publishing periodic posts on this blog about what is happening in the process. Hopefully my experience will be helpful to other self-published kindle authors as they make decisions about their own publishing paths.

Thanks again for the comment.
Richard

16. Ben - May 29, 2012

Richard,

I read the first 2 books in days and was amazed at the quality of your editing and the ease with which I read the books. Your story is captivating and has a fantastic pace. It generally takes time for me to become accustomed to an author and their writing style, but that was not the case with these books. I found out about you through comments I read while checking for sequels to another series I am reading. Imagine my disappointment when I recommended your work to a fellow scifi reader a couple a months later (He was in the middle of a book when I first finished your series) only to find your work pulled from the kindle shelves. Also the delay in publishing the 3rd book is very frustrating since according to your blog the book has been finished since last year around this time or even before. While I understand you are working on marketing yourself and your work, why would you pull your work when there are people willing to pay you now for it? Where is the sense in that? Please consider revising your schedule as it is likely common knowledge that your work has already been released and the editing and story are top notch, so re-releasing them with artificial delays may tend to annoy your fans rather than build demand with artificial delays. Please continue to produce wonderful books and if you edit your future work the same way you did the first 2 books you should have no complaints.

rhoagenda - May 29, 2012

Thanks Ben. I really appreciate the comments. It is about time for me to update my main blog post but I was delaying until I finished working through the developmental edits for all three novels. However, since you took the effort to post such a detailed comment, you deserve a detailed response, even if I will be repeating much of it in my main post. As far as pulling the novels goes, I have no choice there, since I no longer own the rights to them. Part of my contract with 47 North is that they purchased the publishing rights to all three Rho Agenda novels. They assigned an outstanding developmental editor, Jeff VanderMeer, to work with me on the final product for all three novels, an award winning sci-fi author and editor, who has been fabulous to work with. As of this morning (Tuesday, 29 May) I just finished my final cut for Wormhole, and sent it back to Jeff for his final review, a one day process, then I’ll get it for final approval and then forward it on to the 47 North Author team. That means I’m now done with the edit for all three novels. As you probably know, the developmental edit is very similar to the director’s cut in the movie business, with the exception that I, as the author, get to approve or disaprove any final changes. As opposed to a copy or line edit, where they look for wrongly spelled words or bad punctuation, this is all about story flow and trying to optimize it. It’s the expensive type of edit that only the big publishing houses can afford to provide. Sometimes that means we lose a couple of chapters, sometimes it means adding some, as well as moving bits here and there. Jeff and I did a little bit of all of the above in each of the three novels and I believe it will enhance the experience for future readers.

Meanwhile, the 47 North Author Team has been creating three covers for each of the novels based upon my input. I’ll pick my favorite for each book and then we’ll go final with the back and inside cover text. After that the books will go to print and 47 North will begin work with Brilliance audio to select the audio book actor(s) and to finalize the audiobook release schedule.

The English language version of the novels will be released in order, The Second Ship on October 3rd, Immune on October 30th, and Wormhole on November 20th. In the meantime, 47 North will be negotiating with foreign publishers for the foreign language rights and when the deals are finalized, those foreign publishers will do the translations into their respective languages.

All of this takes longer than me doing my own edit and posting the contents directly to Amazon’s Digital Publishing Platform, but allows me to get my novels distributed to a much wider audience and will give future readers an enhanced experience. By the way, I believe that Amazon Prime members will be able to access my novels for free … at least in the first few months of release.

I hope this provides you some assurance that we aren’t just sitting on our hands, but are working very hard to get The Rho Agenda out the door.
Best,
Richard

17. Ben - May 29, 2012

Richard,

Thanks so much for taking the time to respond. I am anxious about the changes made to the first 2 novels, but will have to trust your judgement that the changes made have enhanced the experience. I am an Amazon Prime member so I imagine I will have access to Wormhole through this avenue, although it was my intention to purchase this content after enjoying the first book so much. I am curious about which versions of the first 2 books I will own after they are re-released, since I purchased these books through Amazon to begin with. Be interesting to see if I removed them from my device and re-downloaded if the content would change. It must be exciting to have the Cover art reflect your story better. I have often considered writing myself and commend you on sharing your vision with us all and exposing yourself to the criticism that comes with that. Keep creating and we will keep reading.

Regards,
Ben

18. Jonathan S. - September 2, 2012

Richard,

I read the first two books quite a while ago and had long since given up hope that wormhole would be published in my lifetime. However, the oher day I happened to check your blog and was delighted to see that it will soon be published. I have just finished rereading the first two novels. My only question is, when all the novels get re-released, will people like me who have already purchased the first two books get the new and improved versions for free?

Thanks,
Jonathan

rhoagenda - September 2, 2012

Hi Jonathan,
Thanks for the comment and question. There are a couple of answers to your question. If you are an Amazon prime member, you have access to all the novels for free through the Amazon lending library. The changes to The Second Ship are minor. Immune has had a few changes including an additional chapter, but the story overall story remains unchanged. The biggest changes are in the Wormhole draft versus the final version.
Hope this helps.
Richard

19. Merv Dale - September 2, 2012

G’day, Richard
I have read your Wormhole draft copy, I must say it drifted away from the first two. I can’t say too much without spoiling it for others but I must say it wasn’t quite what I expected, it left me a little empty. That’s not to say it’s not as good but maybe just a little too different.

cheers

Merv Dale
Australia

rhoagenda - September 3, 2012

Hi Merv,
That’s okay. I’m not sure how early you read the early draft, but I think you’ll find a number of additions in the final that give the trilogy a bit more satisfying conclusion. With that said, and even though Wormhole completes The Rho Agenda trilogy, I do plan more novels that follow up on the surviving characters and the changed world in which they find themselves. First though, I’m working on a Jack Gregory prequel, tentatively titled – Once Dead.
Best,
Richard

20. Merv Dale - September 3, 2012

G’day, Richard
I do remember hearing about the novel on Jack, can’t wait, a real interesting character to say the least :-) love to know his background.

cheers
Merv Dale

rhoagenda - September 3, 2012

Thanks Merv.

21. Frances - December 7, 2012

I bought all three books for my kindle, I can’t wait till the Ripper book is published. The first three books were gripping.

rhoagenda - December 7, 2012

Thanks Frances. Glad you enjoyed them. Happy Holidays.

22. Logan Kennelly - December 9, 2012

It seems as though we’ve been waiting forever for Wormhole, and I marked my calendar when the November 20 date was set. However, three weeks have gone by and I have yet to see it show up the Nook store. A little research shows that 47 North is really just a fancy name for Amazon, so I’m really disappointed. (I should have taken you up on the chance for the advance copy, but it is important to me to buy the book from the author.)

Should I settle for the audiobook instead? I think it changes the reading experience, but I do enjoy them.

Thanks for the adventure!

rhoagenda - December 9, 2012

Hi Logan. The reason it’s not available for the Nook is because Barnes and Noble refuses to allow anything published by Amazon’s new traditional publishing houses to be ported to the Nook. However, McLeod Andrews does a fabulous job with the entire trilogy on audiobook. You might want to read the extensive review Orson Scott Card posted for the audiobook version of Immune on Audible.com. I also reposted that review on this blog. If you get the MP3 formatted CD then you can easily copy the unprotected MP3 files to any MP3 player.

I’d love to have all the books available on the Nook, so hopefully B&N will change their policy. In the meantime, we just have to live with it.
Richard

23. Wouter - December 10, 2012

Dear Richard,
I just finished the kindle edition of book 3. In two days. Unputdownable, as the cliche has it. What an excellent read! It has been a while since I read book 2, but you did an excellent job in providing just enough, but never too many, reminders to the overall story. The familiarity of all the characters was like meeting again with close friends or relatives after a long time.
I would love to see your trilogy turned into a movie.
But more than anything, please continue to write, you (and your team no doubt) are a star.
Wouter

rhoagenda - December 10, 2012

Thanks Wouter. I’m hard at work on the Jack The Ripper prequel called “Once Dead” right now. If you happen to get a couple of minutes to post a short reader review on Amazon.com, I’d appreciate it. Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season.
Richard

Wouter - December 11, 2012

Thank you Richard, I’ve added Jack The Ripper to my holiday wish list. Hope you enjoy the holiday season too.

rhoagenda - December 11, 2012

Hi Wouter. Saw you posted a review. Thanks much.

24. Adedayo Makinde - December 27, 2012

The Rho Agenda is a brilliant series, I’m sure you have heard that a lot over the last few years but it really is a brilliantly sculpted work of literary genius. I enjoyed each book individually and thoroughly enjoyed them as a series. The characters in the book are just like puzzle pieces fitting perfectly together in their strengths and weaknesses. The mellifluous flow of the story from one plot to the next, from one character to the next was hypnotic. I got both the audiobook and kindle editions and i get very very few actual books but this one i have to add to my collection. OSC is a genius and you are well on your way to joining him on the pedestal of awesomeness. I can’t wait for your next series with Jack the Ripper, that was one of the few unsolved mysteries in Rho Agenda.

rhoagenda - December 27, 2012

Many thanks for the kind comments Adedayo. I plan on doing a few novels after I finish the Ripper prequel, “Once Dead”, that will follow up on the surviving characters of the Rho Agenda and the technologically changed world in which they now find themselves. Happy New Year.
Richard

25. David - January 4, 2013

Wow… i am almost finished with the second book.. and I am hooked! Is there any discussion forum for the Rho Agenda? There are a few nagging questions I have that I cannot figure out.

rhoagenda - January 4, 2013

Shoot them to me. I’ll be glad to give you my take.
Richard

David - January 6, 2013

Thanks for the quick reply. Well I am amazed at they way in which the physics are used in these novels. Particularly at the end of Chapter 22 of “The Second Ship” where Heather, Mark & Jennifer form the microscopic Black Hole. It was described as the laser didn’t generate the QT & instead a black hole that could not be stopped was created. What became of this?

rhoagenda - January 6, 2013

Good question. The scene at the end of Chapter 22 of The Second Ship is a dream sequence which foreshadows events yet to come in Wormhole. She doesn’t get it totally right in her dream, but the dream correctly projects possible future consequences toward which events are driving humanity.

David - January 18, 2013

Finished with Wormhole. I have that inevitable meloncoly feeling now that the amazing adventure is over. It was an amazing read for me…I just absolutely loved it. I will re-read it one day for sure. I had another question or 2 for you.. but It would be very spoilerish to anyone who has not read all of wormhole… Ok to post it here?

rhoagenda - January 18, 2013

Hi David,

Since your question contains spoiler information, send your question to my email address:

richard.phillips@secondship.net

I’ll be glad to give you all the dirt.

By the way, if you get a couple of minutes to post a short reader review on Amazon, I would appreciate it.

Best,

Richard

26. David - January 6, 2013

Cool!!! Looks like I was a tad bit impatient, as I have not yet read Wormhole. I hope to finish up Immune today and start Wormhole tomorrow. Really looking forward to it! Thanks again for your reply!

27. Sean Jensen - January 19, 2013

Richard,
I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the rho agenda trilogy! I was absolutely hooked from the first book and I quickly purchased the remaining two. I am a Air Force Pilot and we have a lot of time at cruise altitude so it didn’t take me long to read all three on the long missions we fly. I was really impressed with the accuracy of the military portions that you added. I cant stand when the military is in a story and we are not accurately portrayed. I especially liked the inclusion of Ramstein Air Base in the story since that is where I am stationed! Some of the more in depth physics portions were way over my head but I enjoyed them as well. To be honest the only thing I didn’t like was that the story ended! I look forward to the future additions to this story as I feel like there is a lot more adventures to be had in the new world in which your characters now live. Thanks again for sharing such an amazing story with us and I am now a loyal fan!

1Lt Sean Jensen

rhoagenda - January 19, 2013

Hi Sean.
First of all, I want to thank you for protecting our country at the risk of your life. I also want to thank you for the sacrifices you and your family make on a daily basis for all of us. As one who knows a little bit of what that is like, I want you to know that Carol, my lovely wife, and I appreciate all you do for us. I’m glad you enjoyed my Rho Agenda trilogy. Right now I’m hard at work on a Jack ‘The Ripper’ Gregory prequel titled “Once Dead”. I plan on doing at least three Ripper novels over the next two years. After that I want to follow up on the surviving characters from The Rho Agenda and the changed world / galaxy in which they find themselves. Thank you again. If you happen to pass through Phoenix, shoot me an email at richard.phillips@secondship.net . I’d love to buy you a caff / decaff beverage of your choice at my wife’s breakfast / lunch cafe … azbreadco.
Best,
Richard

Sean Jensen - January 21, 2013

Richard,
Thanks for the kind words! I have been in the Air Force for over 12 years now and I can’t imagine doing anything else! I look forward to reading the Jack Gregory novels. Do you have a release date for Once Dead? Speaking of The Ripper, I am very curious how the “imaginary friend” will be worked into future stories with the Rho Agenda gang. : )

Thanks again for the kind words and I will look you up next time I go out to AZ to visit my grandparents!

Sean

rhoagenda - January 21, 2013

I don’t have a release date yet for Once Dead but it will probably be this fall since once I finish it we have to go through the editing and publication cycle, including the audio book production. I’ll post an update once I know. I do plan on following up on the surviving Rho Agenda characters in some individual novels, including one set about twenty years in the future that focusses on Robby. Best, Richard

rogerh - February 10, 2013

nice reply on all count good for you Richard

rhoagenda - February 10, 2013

Thanks Roger.

28. Wes - March 5, 2013

Loved the trilogy! It’s hard to put into words how much I enjoyed this series. The worst part was that the books ended. I can’t wait for anything that comes after and am eager to buy anything around Rho as soon as it’s available. The world (and universe) described and evolved in the book is completely fascinating but just close enough to reality that I was completely hooked.

I am very much impressed with the initial premise of the story – that a second ship existed and no one had ever knew. You described it so well and as the story unfolded the interactions and evolution was so natural and well written. I am a tech junky, deeply interested in quantum and theoretical physics, and as the kids started to develop and evolve into their new capabilities, the ideas and technologies as well as the way they utilized them are not only intriguing and clever, even brilliant, but realistic as well. Heck, I’m thinking we should have a QT transmitter everywhere! As the story advanced, the characters expanded and I appreciated even more why these individuals were here and how they fit into a larger puzzle.

Great work on weaving in the politics and government angles. I’m sure your years of government work offered a front row seat to how that happy circus rolls. Everything was believable and realistic. I very much appreciate you staying grounded and not going to extremes here. It made the story that much more believable and hence more addicting.

I work for the leading virtualization company and the ships computer was probably the most interesting although least explored aspect – a character in and of itself. And the clever way you your wrote the story leaves a lot to be told in the future (I like what you did there :)). What we now call high performance computing is evolving into more of a neural network of processing power leading to a technology much like your computer. Processing within processing, leveraging aspects of quantum theory to achieve what is today only imagined. I cannot wait to see where this takes us and I expect we are closer than most people think.

Thank you so very much for writing these books. I absolutely loved them! Even took some time off from reading just to simmer on the memories. Your are a very talented storyteller and your practical experience and training make you a solid science fiction writer. Not hard to guess I am a fan and look forward to getting your next books (plural). And one last note – I listened to the audio books and MacLeod Andrews was an excellent choice for narrator. If you find yourself passing through Austin, TX lunch/dinner/caffeinated beverage/whatever is definitely on me! Thank you so very much! Wes

rhoagenda - March 5, 2013

Hi Wes. Thanks for taking the time to post your comments. I’m very glad you enjoyed the trilogy … and yes, I do intend to follow up on the characters and the changed world once I get done with Jack. Thanks for the invitation. I’ll definitely take you up on it if I get out to Austin.
Best,
Richard

29. Jim - March 13, 2013

Richard.
Have finished all three rho books and am looking and hoping for many more in the same he or a parallel series. Great writing and always wondering what comes next in the story. Keep up the good work. Any hints on when the next books wil be out?
Thanks.

rhoagenda - March 13, 2013

Thanks Jim. I don’t really have a date on publication yet. My goal is to get the draft to my editor sometime in May. The actual release dates will be set by my publisher after that. I’m hoping for a fall release. I will post an update on this blog when I find out.
Richard

30. Paul Huskey - March 25, 2013

Got a Kindle for my birthday, purchased the trilogy, and just finished today on my break. Absolutely loved it, and if a fourth book comes out, I’ll be all over it.

rhoagenda - March 25, 2013

Thanks Paul,
I’m working hard on Once Dead but still probably sixty days out from finishing the draft. I’ll update everyone as I get closer. If you get a chance to post a review on Amazon, I would appreciate it.
Richard

31. Taylor Walker - April 6, 2013

The thing I hated about the Rho Agenda series was that I simply could not put it down. It kept me up way too late. Mr. Phillips, you are a brilliant and gifted author, and without question, have another terrific career ahead…just wanted to ad my voice in thanks for a fantastically great story. Sua Sponte indeed.

Please keep up the good work.

rhoagenda - April 6, 2013

Many thanks Taylor. Sua Sponte indeed.
Richard

32. Jon - April 11, 2013

Simply brilliant! Well written, great characters, awesome technology, surprises and even an occasional wtf! I hope you expand on this rich and sublimely satisfying universe. It’s been a very long time since I have had to ration my reading because I didn’t want it to end, but couldn’t put it down! Thanks for a wonderful read!

rhoagenda - April 11, 2013

Many thanks Jon. I’m quite anxious to get back to the post Rho Agenda world to follow up on the characters and changed world / galaxy in which they find themselves, but first I feel a need to delve into Jack’s and Janet’s backgrounds. So I am currently working on “Once Dead”. Thank you again for reading my novels. I hope to provide you many more diversions in the future.
Richard

33. Kurt - April 15, 2013

I see everything I want to say has been said already but still, fantastic books congratulations, I wish you all the success in the world.

34. Kurt - April 15, 2013

I take back my earlier praise of your book. I wrote that praise while trying not to listen to the last hour of the audiobook in an effort to make the books last. At least Scott Sigler let the aliens come through the portal and he has an entire book left to feed his fan’s addiction. Mr. Phillips here gives us the aliens and then we need to wait another what….. 3 years or so for the fun to continue? I think not!

I say we all go on strike. Okay, since we’ve already books, it might be a little too late for that but still, we need to find some way to protest.

Sincerely,

Frustrated fan of GREAT science fiction.

rhoagenda - April 15, 2013

Hi Kurt.
I hear you and relate. Hopefully, I’ll soon be able to write full time instead of only writing nights and weekends, which slows me down. When that happens, I promise you, I’ll pump them out faster.
Best,
Richard

Kurt - April 18, 2013

Nights and weekends? I thought as soon as your book was on
Amazon you were instantly rich. No? :)

Thanks for your time and the great story. Keep up the good work.

35. rhoagenda - April 18, 2013

Thanks Kurt. Not quite across that out of the rat race finish-line yet. I’m working on it though. I’ll let you know when I get there.

36. Janeen Dillon - May 8, 2013

Any hopes that the trilogy may be picked as a movie?

rhoagenda - May 9, 2013

Hi Janeen. My agent is in discussions. We’ll see what happens.
Richard

Wes - May 9, 2013

Agreed Janeen. That would be so awesome!

rhoagenda - May 9, 2013

Glad you think so Wes. That’s a slow process but I’ll let you know if/when it happens.
Richard

37. ANDY.T - May 9, 2013

Go for it Richard..as soon as I read the first versions and then all three in one hit I could see from a paying customer view point, that they would make brilliant films… The Scond Ship on it’s own has a far better script potential and more interesting story line than existing blockbusters… the better CGI gets the better the film portrayal of your books will be.

Still waiting for book No 4 ;)..

Kind regards,

Andy T, Somerset England.

PS both my kids have now read the books and even the wife thought they were good..

38. Janeen Dillon - May 9, 2013

Ohmygosh! A movie/movies would be outstanding! Just finished your chapters on Once Dead….speechless I am. I am a fan and now my husband and daughter are hooked!

rhoagenda - May 10, 2013

I’m flattered Janeen. I’ll finish the draft of Once Dead this month and then my publisher will assign and editor and we’ll polish it up. As soon as I know the planned publication date I’ll let you know.
Richard

39. Janeen Dillon - May 10, 2013

Well we are hooked. It’s a family game now on naming who would play the part of Jack???? Any ideas fellow fans?

Wes - May 11, 2013

For the role of Jack I’m thinking Jason Statham (Expendables), Daniel Craig (Bond Series), or Matt Damon (Boerne Series). These guys are convincing bad-asses with the ability to cause serious damage, but also come across as thoughtful, smart, good looking, and experienced. As long as the part isn’t played by a younger pretty boy – which the character definitely is not.

40. Jon - May 11, 2013

Nah….needs to be an unknown. These books are so good that Hollywood, if permitted, will ruin the movies as it tries to make them palatable to some target audience or demographic. Jack is a very unique character, so PUHLEEEEEEEASE, not Damon, Craig, and especially…NOT KEANU REEVES.

rhoagenda - May 11, 2013

I’ll be sure to pass all of your comments along to my agent. It’s interesting to hear the different takes on Jack. Don’t forget about Janet though, while you guys are figuring this out.

41. ANDY.T Somerset, UK - May 11, 2013

Hmm interesting as all the current known actors come with their expected persona from previous roles. But then I’m certain those who will be looking out for their own investment in any film deal will have experts choosing the cast… they will want to make as much money out of it as well as fuelling the need for the next films…

My own thoughts are more along the lines of who not to choose. That’s the problem with a book that leads the mind like the rho agenda.. Each reader who loves the book has already “seen” Jack and the other characters in their minds eye and built up a virtual photofit from the book.. so it will be difficult to appease them. But the whole idea is not to really cater for the relatively few who have read the book compared to the thousands that will need to see the film to make it pay…but to grasp the interest of those who will want to see the films.

Ideally I’d like to see a film that blows my mind like the books did/do.. So I would not wish to see an actor I already like because he won’t be “Jack”… if that makes sense…

But then a large proportion of people who go to see a film go because the actors in it are those they like or the genre of the film is linked to a certain actor and they have a good idea already of what they will get.

The new star trek films are brilliant because all the actors fit the roles very well because they meet the expectations of the viewers who already know what those characters were like. The rho agenda films will be different as there is a new expectation and a fresh perspective because the characters have not yet been visually represented by either TV/film or book cover art.
The other issue is the life cycle of the children as they mature and grow through the three books. It might be that the cast is chosen for the first book age groups and then time is left between films so that the “actors” grow together with the time line of the books.
Not too complicated for the adult characters but the children and the new baby that hopefully will appear in books 4 to..? 6… will grow quickly..again all depends how it’s time line is filmed.

There are some actors who are very well known that I would not be fussed about seeing in the film but in films the money often follows the name… and there are a few for the role of Jack that might be good..

Jack:
Karl Urban, Jeremy Renner, Matthew Fox, Gerard Butler, Jeffrey Dean Morgan…
Then there are the directors….
J.J. Abrams, Kathryn Bigelow, Alex Proyas, Christopher Nolan, Joss Whedon, etc…

But in the real world we will just have to wait and see…

rhoagenda - May 11, 2013

Hi Andy,
Very detailed and thoughtful comment. In truth, I will probably have very little say as to which actors the studio chooses. Nevertheless, as Chief Dan George said in ‘The Outlaw Josey Wales’, I shall endeavor to persevere. Thank you for your ongoing support.
Richard

42. Janeen Dillon - May 12, 2013

Alexander Skarsgård and a brunette Charlize Theron would make quite a pair!

43. Janeen Dillon - May 16, 2013

Just finished the third book….am saddened and wanting MORE! This was an exceptional ride!

rhoagenda - May 17, 2013

Thanks Janeen. Very glad you enjoyed my trilogy.
Richard

44. David - May 17, 2013

Hey Richard… quick question. I am highly anticipating reading your upcoming “Once dead” novel. I have not read your rough drafts yet as I prefer to just wait for the full publication and the audio book.
My question is: Will “Once dead” be categorized as Science Fiction? It seems to me the Jack character fits into more of an Action/Adventure fiction story rather than Sci-fi. Either way I am looking forward to it, just curios though.

Thanks
David

rhoagenda - May 17, 2013

I’m not sure what category my publisher will put it in, yet. It is certainly action/adventure/thriller with a dash of the supernatural and shows how Jack gets to be who he is in The Rho Agenda. This is also where he first meets Janet Price. Richard

45. Janeen Dillon - May 27, 2013

After thinking about the books and the amazing characters, complexity of each book a movie would cut all of this short…I’m thinking a mini series would so offer many avenues! Can’t wait to read something else written by you!

rhoagenda - May 28, 2013

Thanks Janeen. It’ll be fun to see what happens with that.
Richard

46. Janeen Dillon - May 28, 2013

Do you know the date of release of Once Dead yet? I just can’t find a thing to read. You are a hard act to follow!

47. Brandon - June 11, 2013

I just finished Wormhole last night. I didn’t want it to end but I couldn’t put the book down! I’m so excited for Once Dead but I really hope you expand on the post Rho Agenda world in a new book. I’m so curious about little Robby and the AI, or rather his “imaginary friend”. Something crazy has to be going on with that!

rhoagenda - June 11, 2013

Don’t worry, it may take me a while but I plan on getting back to the Post Rho Agenda world and our surviving characters there.

48. -B - June 11, 2013

Am gobbling up Immune in audio format. Can’t wait to start Wormhole. The world created and the detail of the things that are “real world” is something I’ve rarely seen outside of Tom Clancy’s work. Congrats on such a fresh concept and excellent execution.

WHEN’S THE MOVIE TRILOGY?????

rhoagenda - June 11, 2013

Thanks. I thought MacLeod Andrews did a great job with the narration.

49. -B - June 11, 2013

Just saw others’ comments on directors.

JJ Abrams? ACK! Don’t let the abuser of faux lens flare anywhere near your material.

Joss Whedon? Absolutely! Someone who would care for the material as much as (or more than) his personal ego would be a great choice.

rhoagenda - June 11, 2013

I’ll pass it along.
Richard

50. Greg - June 11, 2013

When will you have this series on Apple iBook? I see Immune there but not The Second Ship.

rhoagenda - June 12, 2013

Hi Greg,
Although my publisher, 47North, has not made the books available in the iBook store, you can get them on your device through the free kindle app. Hope this helps. Immune is there because I did that when I self-published Immune, prior to signing a deal with 47North.
Best,
Richard

51. Tom C. - June 20, 2013

Hello don’t take to long for the 4th book, I am 75 and eagerly waiting.
Just love the world you have made.

rhoagenda - June 20, 2013

Thanks Tom.

52. please say yes - August 17, 2013

Will there be another series after this

rhoagenda - August 17, 2013

Yes. I just gave my publisher the Jack Gregory prequel called “Once Dead”. I’m signed up to do two more Jack and Janet prequels and then I plan of following up on the Rho characters and their changed world with a couple more novels.
Richard

53. Jon - August 17, 2013

Excellent, cannot wait for them all (no pressure to hurrrrrrrryyyyyyy!) LOL! And thanks, most for such a rich world to be immersed in!

54. Beverly - September 13, 2013

Really enjoyed the previews of your Jack Gregory prequels. I’ll not be surprised when I hear that dreamworks or others are making a much anticipated movies series.

rhoagenda - September 14, 2013

Thank you. We’ll watch and see. In the meantime, I’ll keep cranking them out.
Richard

55. Justy2478 - September 26, 2013

Started reading Second ship and didn’t put my kindle down until Wormhole was finished. Can’t wait to see what’s next!

rhoagenda - September 26, 2013

Thanks Justy. Glad you enjoyed the trilogy.
Richard

56. pablo_max - October 7, 2013

Looking forward to reading the update for the Rho Character line. I found the books very entertaining.

rhoagenda - October 7, 2013

Thank Pablo. Glad you liked them.
Richard

57. Avid SyFy Fan - October 7, 2013

Really liked the prequel re Jack. Is it complete and, if so, where can I get a copy!!!!

rhoagenda - October 8, 2013

Thanks. I have turned it over to my publisher but they are pushing me to finish the next two Jack novels so they can release them back to back. The good news is that I’ll be stepping away from my day job writing military training software in December to write full time. I’ll try to have them done as quickly as possible.
Richard

Paul Keyworth-Wright, Somerset, UK - November 26, 2013

Ok Richard, I have read the first 32 chapters of ‘Once Dead’ and I am now left salivating in anticipation of the rest, I think Jack is one of the best characters invented in any genre and think he will give Bond and Reacher a run for their money when he gets to the big screen. When can we expect the final installment my kids need something to get me for Christmas!

rhoagenda - November 26, 2013

Thanks Paul,
I just finished the first round with Clarence Haynes, my fabulous editor, and we should finish before Christmas. After that it goes to the 47North copy editor and they get started on cover design and picking out the audiobook actor … hopefully McLeod Andrews will be available again as he did a fabulous job on The Rho Agenda trilogy. I’ll post an update as the publication schedule progresses.
Best,
Richard

58. Sean McCulloch - December 8, 2013

Hello Richard, I have to admit that I had not heard of you as an author and took a chance on The Second Ship. I am an avid Sci-Fi fan now for the best part of 30 years.
WoW. Sir you have talent. Awsome listen. I purchase audio books to listen while I work (as a Fiber Optic Tech) I spend the best part of 12 hrs a day by myself in a splice lab. I found myself over the past week just listening to your novels all day then after work in my lab. Bought the first one on a lark and before I was half finished had grabbed the next two. Too enthralled by the story to pack up and head home.
I will be purchasing your next books as quickly as I see them for sale. Thank You for the great read!!!
As well as being dog tired. . .

Cheers,
Sean McCulloch

rhoagenda - December 8, 2013

Thanks Sean. Glad you enjoyed listening to the audiobooks. I thought McLeod Andrews did a fine job as the audiobook actor. My editor should be getting the final edit of Once Dead back to me this week. Then it’ll go through copy edits and layout before they send it out to the audiobook actor and cover design. It looks like my publisher, 47 North, is aiming for an end of summer / fall release date so that they can release the other two Jack Gregory prequels in back to back months. I’ll post more info as I get it.
Thanks again,
Richard

59. Lulis del Castillo - December 24, 2013

OK….just finished book 3….now there has to be a book 4 – no?! That one sentence by Janet……

rhoagenda - December 24, 2013

There will be at least one more Rho Agenda follow on novel. I plan on following up on the changed world(s) in which the surviving characters find themselves and doing a novel set twenty years in the future about the adult Rob(by) Gregory. In the meantime I’m still working hard to finish the three Jack and Janet novels set before the Rho Agenda trilogy by this coming August.
Best,
Richard

60. Doug - December 29, 2013

Awesome books.

Just finished third one and found this spot while looking for a fourth book. I read the previous posts so you’ve pretty much answered all of my questions, so I just wanted to say thank you for the information and your keeping your readers in the loop.
Keep up the good work, you have a fan in San Diego.

Doug

rhoagenda - December 29, 2013

Thanks Doug. I expect to get the publication schedule from my publisher for Once Dead in the next couple of weeks and I’ll post an update when I do.
Richard

61. Brian Sear - January 31, 2014

Hi Richard, just finished the 3 books and wanted to add my compliments to all the others. A thoroughly good read ! My only disappointment is to get to the end of all these blogs postings to discover the Ripper book is not out yet ! Keep them coming ! Regards Brian

rhoagenda - January 31, 2014

Thanks Brian,
Just a quick update on my publication schedule. Once Dead is in production now and has a scheduled release date of August 8th.
Best,
Richard

62. Chuck Mooring - February 19, 2014

Will the books come to Nook? Currently I believe only one book is available on Nook.

rhoagenda - February 21, 2014

Hi Chuck. Unfortunately, since my publisher, 47North, is an Amazon company and there is a running battle between Amazon and B&N, Amazon is not making my eBooks available in Nook format and B&N is refusing to stock my paperbacks in their stores. Ahhhh well. The eBook version of Immune that is available on the Nook is an early edition. Sorry I don’t have better news in that regard.
Richard

63. Patti - April 20, 2014

I am not normally a sci-fi reader but my husband encouraged me to read these and I could not put them down. I was so tied up in the characters I hated to see it end! Can’t wait for more.

rhoagenda - April 20, 2014

Don’t worry Patti, the Rho Agenda is far from over. After I finish the three Jack and Janet prequel novels I’m under contract for, I fully intend to write several follow-ups to The Rho Agenda to check in on the characters and the changed world in which they now find themselves.
Thanks,
Richard

64. Joseph Smith - May 2, 2014

Excellent books! I listened to them about a year ago now. I am going back through them in anticipation for your new books. I was wondering if you can recommend other books similar in style to your books. The only series I have found is The Star Force Series by B.V. Larson. I have listened to all his books and all of yours so I was wondering if you could recommend something. Where do you receive your inspirations from? I very much enjoy the alternative common sense Physics sprinkled throughout your books that goes counter to contemporary beliefs. That was what captured my attention originally when I first listening to your books. I am always shocked to hear views similar to mine. It lets me know I am not alone. I really enjoy the logical creativity you have expressed in your books. I can’t wait for more.

rhoagenda - May 2, 2014

Thanks Joseph. I’m glad you enjoyed them. I enjoyed BV Larson’s books. I also liked listening to the Daniel Suarez audio books ( Daemon, Freedom, Kill Decision, and Influx). Influx is the most recent and despite the very technical opening, I think it is his best. Most recently, I loved the audiobook version of The Martian by Andy Weir.
As for my inspiration, I get most of it from articles buried in today’s news. I feel that one problem with our education system is that it trains people to accept what is commonly believed when I would like to see it teach our young people to question things. Our current understanding of physics isn’t reality, it is just the current set of accepted models. There is an old saying that the map is not the territory. Because most physicists have invested a lifetime learning the physics standard model, it threatens them whenever that model is questioned. But in my mind, the real core of all the sciences is to challenge every belief and try to come up with different models that offer the potential for revolutionary breakthroughs. I have little doubt that two hundred years from now, people will regard our current understanding of physics as laughable.
Beyond that, I just try to tell an entertaining story, something that provides a little escape from people’s day to day worries. If my stories only provide a few hours of pleasant distraction, I’m happy with that.

65. Brad Davis - June 29, 2014

Great series. One of the best I have read in over 50+ years of reading sci-fi and fantasy. Can I get on a e-mail list to receive information on when the next Rho series will be released?

rhoagenda - June 30, 2014

Hi Brad,
I’ll be glad to add you to my list. Thanks for reading my novels.
Richard


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